View Full Version : Group Protests Concord Police Grant For Armored Vehicle (NPR audio)

muzzled dogg
08-26-2013, 05:03 PM

About a dozen people rallied at Concord City Hall Monday afternoon to protest the police plans to acquire an armored vehicle known as a Bearcat.

A former police officer, politicians and members of the Free State Project took the steps of Concord City Hall to fight Concord Police’s federal application for an armored vehicle.

Republican State Senator Andy Sanborn owns a Concord bar. He said the capital should focus on being a community, not on arming itself.

“Because if it’s a Bearcat today, is it gonna be a Peacekeeper tomorrow and then it’s gonna be nuclear weapons. I mean what does a small community of 40,000 people need in order to make sure our citizens are protected.”

The Concord School Board will hold a hearing to consider the Bearcat grant Wednesday and the City Council will vote on it September 9th. About 400 hundred concord residents have signed a petition opposing the Bearcat. Opponents plan to submit more signatures prior to the city council vote.

LISTEN TO THE STORY HERE: http://nhpr.org/post/group-protests-concord-police-grant-armored-vehicle

muzzled dogg
08-26-2013, 08:19 PM
video of speeches of http://networkedblogs.com/OszLa


muzzled dogg
08-26-2013, 08:21 PM
btw sanborn endorsed ron paul, if you've forgotten

Joe For Liberty
08-27-2013, 07:08 AM
Concord Monitor:

More than 400 Concord residents have signed a petition against a city plan to acquire an armored BearCat vehicle with nearly $260,000 in federal grant funds, according to activists who protested outside City Hall yesterday.

“It is up to us to stop the bleeding,” said Pamela Ean, a spokeswoman for the movement. “The federal government will continue to spend money they do not have as long as local governments allow them to do so.”

The group said the 404 signatures were gathered during a four-hour period Saturday. They said they plan to continue collecting signatures until the city council votes on the issue at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 9......

.....“I’m anxious to see the petition, and I’m sure every councilor will be interested in seeing it,” said Mayor Jim Bouley, in a phone interview after the protest.

He encouraged all citizens interested in the situation to call their councilors before the vote.